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first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

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first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

This is the first time we are going to Cape cod. We are going for 5 days at the end of june and want beach and the charming cape cod experience. What part should be stay in and where?

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1. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

Take a look at the top questions on the right of this page, and come back when you've narrowed down your choices. The water will still be pretty cold in June and depending when in the month you're coming the weather could be uneven too. You may want to concentrate being near a Bay beach or a beach on the Sound.

I love the ocean beaches along the National Seashore but they have the coldest water.

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2. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

If you are on a mobile device you may not see the top questions and it is really too bad cuz there is lots of goog info there.

My family has been staying on the outer cape in N.Truro for years. We enjoy the beauty of the National Seahore and the Craziness of Provincetown. In Ptown you can pick up dune turs, harbor sails and whale warches.

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3. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

The "charming Cape Cod experience" can mean different things to different people. Is it the "Old Cape Cod" of the Patti Page song or the Hyannis experience of President Kennedy? You might enjoy the outer Cape area if you are thinking of the old Cape. Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown (although Provincetown is a bit different). At the end of June all of those towns are still not in full swing (even Provincetown).

The bay beaches are quiet and warmer than the ocean which used to average about 57 degrees in late June when I used to go to Marconi Beach.

Wellfleet has a small, charming, old-fashioned village center with shops and restaurants. Truro is very rural. Eastham has the National Seashore Visitor Center which you should visit. Every town has nature trails and there are lighthouses and great views.

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I'd like to suggest Falmouth for a real old, charming New England feeling. You can find places to stay close to downtown or check our Seacrest right on the beach in N.Falmouth. The advantage to staying there is that you are on the warmest body of water on the Cape not romantically named Buzzards Bay.

Next, Falmouth has a charming downtown and fun places (along with upscale) to dine like the Clam Shack on Clinton right at the mouth of the harbor where you'll watch the boats come and go and the gulls screaching over your heads. Maybe you'll hop a boat to Martha's Vineyard right there on the Island Queen or you have easy access to the cheaper ferry out of Wood's Hole. Ride the Shining Sea bike path one day between Falmouth and Wood's Hole and have lunch near the tiny Eel Pond drawbridge. Buy a Wood's Hole tee shirt, poke around in one of the two artist's shops, watch them feed the seals at the country's first aquarium and finish your ride home. In Falmouth you can take the history tour (one day a week - free) and finish that up with a look inside a couple of the pre-revolutionary homes on the village green. Have a rollicking evening at the Irish pub on Main St. and try to save some time to pop over to Sandwich. There you can really enjoy the spring gardens at the Heritage Museum, drive over to Pairpoint and watch them blow glass but don't miss having a walk on the boardwalk over the marsh from Town Neck beach. Back to Falmouth, don't miss Nobska lighthouse. Falmouth has more coastline than any other town on the Cape and a simple drive along the seaside will bring you to Nobska. Not sure when it is open but the excellent Visitor's Center (up an alley way called Academy) right off Main St. should be your first stop upon arrival for that info and much more. Lastly try to go for a drink at Casino FX simply for the beautiful views.

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5. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

The cape cod experience is not one single event but more a lifetime of memories built one at a time. It may be a sunrise over the ocean (not my particular favorite) or a sunset with a reggae band at Rock Harbor (more my style). It can be finding a secluded spot on the Natl Seashore or a busier spot on South Cape Beach in Mashpee with MV in the distance.

It can be lobster rolls on Chatham Pier or soft ice cream at kreme and cone.

It can be rows of weather worn capes on Lower County Rd or gorgeous homes in lush neighborhoods around Corporation beach or a tiny one room cottage in Truro.

so, it really doesn't matter where you stay and in 5 days you will just begin to scratch the surface as you create your own experience. This is no different than

Cape May vs Cape May Point vs Wildwood. Or Island Heights where my brother has a home vs Seaside Hts (before Sandy).

Don't get too caught up with different towns for your first trip. Get a good guide book for some ideas and then when you get to the cape throw the book out if you see stuff that interests you and wasn't in the book.

Enjoy

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6. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

I agree with the Falmouth suggestion. I like Falmouth because it has a bustling Main Street. The beaches are lovely. There are easy options to get over to Martha's Vineyard ( a very fun day trip).

I would also take a look at Chatham. We always take our out of town guests for a day trip to Chatham. There has never been any disappointment! To me Chatham is quintessential Cape Cod - oozing with upscale charm, many restaurants, a variety of lodging options (Chatham Bars Inn would be "the" place to stay), a lovely Main Street full of shops, beautiful homes etc...

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7. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

What you want to find at Cape Cod also depends on what you have at home, what you might want to get away from. A bustling main street is not an attraction for those seeking peace, nature, and serenity. I always found Wellfleet and Truro attractive because it is the opposite of "bustling" it is rural, bucolic and natural. The beaches and restaurants are there and Wellfleet does have a village center. Truro's center is pretty much limited to one store, but for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is what a Cape Cod vacation is all about.

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8. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

Great points Howland Owl but many 16 year olds like "bustling" Main Streets because that means there is activity and things going on. My experience with my teenage child & his friends is that they are not looking for "peace, nature and serenity" but....that is my experience based upon what I have at home.

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9. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

That's all true, so the question becomes who is the vacation for?

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10. Re: first time going with husband and age 16 daughter in june

That's what I said just much less succinctly.